If you are interested in adopting OER in your classes, your Librarian can help.
The process of selecting and adopting OER is very similar to selecting a traditional textbook, or supplemental materials such as scholarly articles, videos, and primary sources for your classes. The most difficult part of the process is locating OER which can be a time-consuming searching across a myriad repositories and sites.
Your librarian can assist you, use this OER Request Form as a guide to clarify your specific needs and to share with your librarian the necessary information needed to support you in finding, evaluating, adopting and possibly adapting OER.
If you are currently using an OER in your course and saving our students money, use this form to share your good work.
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Adopting an OER book is similar to the way you would adopt a physical. The only difference is the format and access to the textbook. You can provide an alternative to expensive textbooks through OERs by the steps listed below:
Use the Discipline Specific OER tab in this Guide to find the right OER for your subject area.
Review the website to familiarize yourself with the resources.
Select, review and evaluate the textbooks to determine it it will meet your needs as the faculty as well as the needs of your students. You can use this adoption worksheet to keep track of your assessments.
Since many opens textbooks allow customization, you can select a textbook to be used as is or you can edit and customize it to fit your needs and the needs of your students.
Add the textbook to your course in Canvas in the most suitable format for your students. Valencia faculty who are using OER materials should refer to Valencia's policy 6Hx28: 4-09 on Instructional Materials and the Instructional Materials Opt-Out or Supplemental Materials Review Form.
Print Copies of OER
Most Open Textbook and OER are free to download or read online. If students would prefer printed copies, some Open Textbook publishers have print-on-demand availability for a small fee. These include OpenStax College and Orange Grove Textbooks.
The steps include specific information for working with five very common types of OER:
The following guides will assist you in creating your own OER
The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook.This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. Copyright, open-copyright licences, and the differences between citation and attribution are discussed as well as the importance of copy editing and proofreading. Checklists and templates are also provided. This guide replaces the BCcampus Open Education Authoring Guide.
This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.
A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources. This is a first edition, compiled by Rebus Community, and we welcome feedback and ideas to expand the text.
A clearinghouse of OER, including learning object repositories, open course repositories, scholarly repositories, open textbooks, and information about open learning/education in general.
Read about the experience of a team of scholars writing an Introduction to Theater textbook.
A guide to authoring tools focusing on whether tools are free, allow collaboration, can create multiple kinds of outputs, and other important logistical questions.
Includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities in which to collaborate on one or all of these efforts.
These tools will help you create your OER
"Easily create e-books, typeset PDFs, and web books. Choose from professionally designed book themes. One button publishing." Free and priced options.
Can be used to create interactive tutorials and mash up text/media.
Easily record and edit videos of action on your computer screen.
The place to upload and store videos for viewing. This link leads to a tutorial on how to upload videos to YouTube.
Drive allows you to create web-hosted documents, presentations, forms etc. Each document can be linked to from D2L and centrally maintained (i.e. you can update the google document and it will automatically update within D2L). This can be useful especially if you are using the same material for multiple classes.
Online photo editor and drawing tool. Requires Flash.
Hosting Your OER
Canvas has an OER facility where you can upload and share your OER with the Canvas community.
You can host your creation in the cloud using the following services:
You can also share your creating with an OER repository so that it can be accessed and used by others:
A platform for creating, editing, and sharing Open Educational Resources on all topics, for all grade levels, and also for rating, reviewing, modifying, and using the OERs created by others. You can sign up to be a peer reviewer, and some of the OERs are formally peer reviewed.